In Virginia, Richmond's CBS 6 news covered the GOP fraud scandal late last week, as the state Republican Party, which reportedly paid Strategic Allied Consulting some $500,000 for their services, announced they were firing the group. In their report, Chesterfield County's chief election official, General Registrar Larry Haake, is quoted citing the very same strategy used by the group's registration workers there.
"They were responsible for people that appeared in some libraries in Chesterfield County, supposedly to conduct voter registration drives," Haake said, "but they were asking voters for whom they are going to vote."
Haak says he informed the GOP of the incident when it occurred, but, apparently, no action was taken at the time.
In Nevada, another Strategic Allied state, a woman was captured in a news report by Las Vegas ABC affiliate Action News 13 -- focused on something other than this -- carrying out the exact same, dishonest strategy.
"We are taking a quick poll today," the woman is seen saying just outside of a local DMV office, "if the election were held tomorrow, who would you support -- Romney or Obama?"
Sproul's firm cited this video, proudly, in an email to their supervisors around the country in mid-August. They posted the email, which links to the video, publicly last week as part of a lengthy statement on their website meant to defend themselves in the wake of the emerging scandal.
The email, brought to our attention by Sproul himself, boasts about the video news report as evidence of one of their workers seen doing her job "perfectly."
"The bright white lights of a presidential campaign are on," the email begins, "This was filmed in NV. You can see that our worker did her job perfectly. Good job."
In Florida, where the focus has been on the apparently fraudulent registration forms submitted around the state with changed addresses that could result in disenfranchised voters on November 6, the Los Angeles Times interviewed the man who Strategic Allied has fingered as the worker who submitted the initial batch in question in Palm Beach County.
50-year old William T. Hazard of Boynton Beach maintains his innocence and says he never forged applications or even "wrote on any of the forms he collected." He says he left the firm over a pay dispute two weeks ago. Strategic Allied says the man was fired.
In any event, while saying he "did nothing wrong," he explained to the Times that he answered a Craigslist ad by a company called PinPoint Staffing seeking registered Republicans to do "voter surveys" for $12/hour.
"His only instructions," the paper reports, "were to approach people and ask whom they supported in the presidential election. When people answered with President Obama, he said, he wished them a good day. If someone said Mitt Romney, he asked if they were registered to vote. If not, he handed them forms to fill out."
He added that he was "expected to register Republicans."
Once again, it's the same ruse about taking a poll, rather than signing up folks to vote, in a fourth Strategic Allied state. That amounts to verified reports of the very same deceptive strategy used by registration workers in four of the five states where Sproul's company was working as the RNC's only voter registration outfit.
A Nationwide GOP Voter Registration Strategy?
Strategic Allied Consulting was formed in June, without Sproul's name attached to it, at the request of the RNC, according to Sproul, due to past allegations against his companies. (We summarized those allegations in our first report.) Their role was abruptly halted last week when they were fired by the Republicans. But The BRAD BLOG has collected additional evidence suggesting that the strategy of lying to potential registrants about being pollsters rather than registration workers to screen out certain voters, is not only being used by the Sproul group, but may well be a nationalized GOP effort.